Grimsby Town have confirmed that their 16-year-old defender Ben Grist has signed for Leicester City.

The youngster has been training with City’s U18s for a few weeks after he caught the attention of the club’s scouts with his impressive performance for the Grimsby Town youth team last season.

Grist has agreed on a two-year scholarship with Leicester and will appear for the youth team next season as a first-year scholar under coach Adam Barradell.

“I’m very happy for Ben,” said Neil Woods, Grimsby Town’s youth manager, on his club’s official website.

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“It’s a fantastic move for him and his family, one that he absolutely deserves and deserves. He has been with us since he was nine, all the time, and they deserve the support his family has given them

“Ben listened, he worked hard, he did what we asked him to do and he has an exceptional talent recognized by a Premier League football club. We wish him all the best and I am sure he will will tackle. ” in the same way that he will. “

Woods believes Grist made the right choice after speaking to “some” of the top Premier League clubs.

“I know he took his time and rightly so because it was a big decision,” said Woods.

“I mean, there are worse things in life to make a decision about I guess, but I think he went to where he wanted him most. The one who showed more interest in him than just showing a position.

“The only advice I gave him when the situation arose was that the player always knew. I’ve been in this position several times and also with a member of my family and you go in somewhere and get a feel for it. “

“As a club we always try to make that feeling when they come in and feel like a part of something and I think he went to Leicester and felt that.

“I know a lot of people in Leicester who will take care of him and Ben knows he has a long way to go, but what a fantastic start to his football career.”

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